12th Grade Research Paper Topics

Assignment: You will be researching specific influences on the civil rights movements.

You will select one topic from the list below and narrow it down to a concrete and specific thesis.

For Example:

Topic: How did Martin Luther King affect the civil rights movement of the 1960s?

Thesis: Martin Luther King caused many people to protest racist laws which changed America in many ways.


1. How did leaders, such as Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Marcus Garvey, influence the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s?

2. How did Malcolm X and the Black Panthers affect the civil rights movement?

3. What were the social reasons that caused the civil rights movement to gain momentum in the 1950s and 1960s?

4. How did Robert Kennedy affect the civil rights movement?

5. What was the Harlem Renaissance and how did it affect the civil rights era?

6. How did Ella Josephine Baker, Dorothy Cotton and Coretta Scott King affect the civil rights movement?

7. How did American literature influence the civil rights movement?

8. How did jazz influence the civil rights movement?


 Typed
 Double spaced
 Times New Roman size 12 font
 MLA format (we will go over)
 3-4 pages not including your bibliography

You must use at least 6 sources. At least one of your sources must be a book. (Wikipedia will NOT be accepted as a source.) All of your sources must be cited within the text of your paper and listed on your Bibliography page in MLA format.

Each part must be handed in on the date specified. If you are going to be absent you must hand it in early. If you are sick it will be due on the day you come back to school.

If your paper is late, points will be deducted as follows:

1 day late= -10 points
2 days late= -25 points
3 days late= -40 points

On the days we are going to the library you will be responsible for bringing all of your research materials with you to class. Any work that you would like to save on the computer must be saved to a Flash Drive.

Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If you plagiarize your paper you will receive a zero and will be required to select another topic and complete the process all over again.

Plagiarism is defined as:
1. a piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work

2. The act of plagiarizing; taking someone’s words or ideas as if they were your own

If you are absent on a day when an assignment is due or if you have any questions feel free to send them via email.

8. Research Paper    Long  8-10 page research paper – see assignment sheet and instructor rubric

Short  3 - 4 page research paper with PRESENTATION
Bibliography MLA

OJC Rubric or LJHS Rubric

MLA style – 1” margins – 12 pt. Times New Roman – Double spaced – Annotated Works Cited or  bibliography with 8-10 sourcesand 3 genres (same research may be used for paper and presentation)

RUBRICS -  Click on the link at the bottom of the page and print a copy and include it with your paper.

How do I credit sources in my paper?

In MLA style you briefly credit sources with parentheticalcitations in the text of your paper, and give the complete description of each source in your ...

The author's last name and page number(s) are placed in parentheses in the text to give credit to sources.

For example, in your paper you write:

In their Preface, the authors point out that "Learning Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Extensible Hypertext Markup Language (XHTML) is like learning any new language, computer or human" (Musciano and Kennedy xi).

If you cite another paragraph from the same work, or if the author or authors are clearly indicated in your text, common sense dictates that you only need to add page number(s) for the citation. For example:

Musciano and Kennedy suggest that we should avoid breaking tags across lines in our source document whenever possible to promote readability and reduce potential errors in HTML documents (41).

To cite information obtained from the Internet, in your text you write, e.g.:

On May 2, 2002, some 4500 students wrote the difficult University of Waterloo, Physics Department, Sir Isaac Newton (SIN) Examination.  Amazingly, there were three perfect papers!  Two team members from Don Mills Collegiate Institute broke Waterloo's SIN record not so much for finishing First Place but both students on the team had perfect exams ("SIN 2002").

In your Bibliography, your entry for this parenthetical reference would read:

"SIN 2002 Book Prize Winners." U of Waterloo. 3 Nov. 2002

If your citation refers to a Web site by four or more authors, e.g. Charlie Harris, Laurence A. Moore, Steven Blacher, Yvonne Hewett, and others entitled: "URLs for a Rainy Day" found at <http://www.purefiction.co.uk/pages/res2.htm>, in your essay you write:

A really useful Web site (Harris et al.) that compiles various URLs recommended by users has been created by a group of individuals in the United Kingdom.




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